Article 33 — Proposals
Matters once decided upon may not be proposed again unless they are substantiated by new grounds.
Time is ‘money’ and even more than that, also in church life.
A matter should not come up again for discussion unless it has to be amended. Therefore the decisions of former major assemblies must be read accurately by the minor assemblies.
This means that the Acts concerned must be officially adopted by the
assemblies themselves, and that they must be made available to the churches.
A consistory is a permanent body, so that the minutes of a certain meeting may be adopted by the next meeting. However, a classis of synod is not a permanent body. Therefore these assemblies should dispatch their business completely, which includes the adoption of their own Acts.